Drug Deaths Dropped Almost 5% in 2018, After Rising for 28 Years

Breitbart: The number of drug deaths dropped sharply in 2018 after 28 years of rising casualties, and Americans’ life expectancy also reversed its decline, rising by one month to 78.7 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The drop in drug deaths saved roughly 2,900 lives, and it follows a massive death spike under President Barack Obama, whose progressive deputies did little to discover or curb the massive spike in deaths from opioids and fentanyl shipped from Mexico and China. “The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths increased … by 2% per year from 2006 through 2013, and by 14% per year from 2013 through 2016,” the CDC reported.

A March 2019 report by the Washington Post said:

In May 2016, a group of national health experts issued an urgent plea in a private letter to high-level officials in the Obama administration. Thousands of people were dying from overdoses of fentanyl — the deadliest drug to ever hit U.S. streets — and the administration needed to take immediate action. The epidemic had been escalating for three years.

“The fentanyl crisis represents an extraordinary public health challenge — and requires an extraordinary public health response,” the experts wrote to six administration officials, including the nation’s “drug czar” and the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The administration considered the request but did not act on it.

Under President Donald Trump, the death toll has dropped by 4.5 percent — or roughly 2,900 lives per year — amid a growing economy that is pulling sidelined Americans back into jobs. That gain is aided by Trump’s rejection of business demands for more migrants, and his increased actions against drug smuggling from Mexico and China. The partial recovery is showcased by a January 30 report in the New York Times: read more

8 Comments on Drug Deaths Dropped Almost 5% in 2018, After Rising for 28 Years

  1. bad economic times create despair. good economic times create optimism. ~ ‘Uncle ΜΟΛΩΝ’s Economics 101’

    … “embrace the suck”, “get used to it”, “it’s the new norm”, “these jobs aren’t coming back”, “what’s he got? some sort of magic wand?”

    “… hold my beer” ~ Donald J. Trump

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  2. …I know a number of heroin addicts that are alive today because of Narcan. I know some from life squad rescues back in the day, and some personally now that are the kids of friends.

    They are technically alive.

    But it’s debatable as to whether that’s a GOOD thing…

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  3. It’s the Trump bump. I got a spring in my economic step. My eyes are forward, and every day I keep waking up and he’s still president.
    Shining times

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  4. @Roman V ~ actually, it unfortunately does … sadly, 60-year old lives are looked upon as less valuable than 20-year old lives

    20-year olds have ‘potential’, 60-year olds do not … according to the gov’t bureaucratic view. the 20-year old is potentially paying into the system while the 60-year old potentially will soon be taking out of the system. welcome to the world of the zero-sum game.

    … although, being over 60 myself I pay >$10,000 in federal taxes each year, & >$3,000 in Social Security taxes & >$1,500 in Medicare taxes (which I am not allowed to deduct; thanks to Bill Clinton)

    … can’t wait ’til Comrade Bernie’s Brave New World

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  5. Curiosily, opioid deaths in Washington DC increased by 24% last year as was repeatedly reported by WMAL today. An interesting juxtaposition.

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  6. Sorry, I can understand the economics of it all but if 5% of a group dies (and you are measuring death rates not life expectancy or future earnings) whether that group is 8 or 80 it doesn’t make a difference.

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